Express press service
KOLKATA: Five children were injured in an explosion while playing with a crude bomb which they mistaken for a bullet in Malda district on Sunday. Two of the injured were admitted to Malda Medical College and two others were being treated at a local health centre. The other child was released after receiving first aid. The injured were identified as Bikram Saha (8), Subhajit Saha (9), Mithun Saha (10), Subal Saha (6) and Abdul Rehan Sheikh (8).
After receiving information, police personnel from a local outpost rushed to the scene and searched the area and recovered two hidden containers with raw bombs. Police sources said the incident happened in the afternoon when children were playing behind the house of a certain Nikhil Saha in Gopalnagar village, Kaliachak police station area.
“The people of the village heard a loud explosion and they ran to the field where the children were playing. They saw the five injured children lying on the ground and moaning in pain. They immediately took them to Gopalganj health center and also informed the police,” an officer from Kaliachak police station said.
Police personnel recovered the cache of crude bombs from an abandoned structure that was created to dig a well. “It appears that the stockpile of raw bombs was stored with the intention of creating unrest in the region. We have yet to determine if it was stockpiled by local goons or political party activists,” he said.
The BJP alleged that the crude bombs were stockpiled by local Trinamool Congress activists. “Children are the victims of the illegal activities of the ruling TMC. If the whole cache of crude bombs had exploded, I don’t know what the number of casualties would have been,” said BJP State Chairman Sukanta Majumdar.
In another incident, detectives from the Special Task Force (STF) and Burdwan District Police arrested two men and recovered explosives and materials which were being transported on a bus to make crude bombs. “The explosives were purchased in Bihar. He was being taken to another place that we don’t know yet,” a police officer said.
TMC investigation team visits Prayagraj crime site
A team of five Congressmen from Trinamool traveled to Prayagraj in UP on Sunday, where five members of a family were murdered and set on fire recently. Team members alleged that at least two of the victims had been sexually assaulted. The team includes central chairman of the national trade union wing of the TMC, Dola Sen, former MP Mamatabala Thakur, RTI activist Saket Gokhale, former UP Congress leader who joined the TMC Lalitesh Tripathi and Bengal Minister Jyotsna Mandi.